Countering ALP opportunism in unions

Hard words rang
across the factory floor
Juan heard the sound of hate
bitter words to injure
a shout that sent the signal
for the war to come

– ‘Brisbane Barrio’ by Jumping Fences

Uber has been a low tax paying global giant since 2010. Twelve 12 years later ABC Announcer, Patricia Karvelas, interviews the incoming Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and the Arts, Tony Burke, about a deal cut between the Transport Workers Union on behalf of Uber workers in Australia.… Go to Article

Resisting Thales and the war machine

Friday 25th March 2022

Thales rocket used by Indonesian military against West Papuans

Last Easter, a group of people from ‘Wage Peace’ went to the Thales factory/warehouse at Pinkenba. Jim Dowling was charged with “unauthorised high risk activity” for climbing on a roof and holding a banner near their large THALES sign.… Go to Article

From Fidel to Zelensky

“All right. I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember when Fidel Castro came to power in 1959. But shortly thereafter, we (the US) put sanctions on Fidel Castro, and on Cuba. And those sanctions are basically still on Cuba. We’ve never gotten over the fact that Cuba behaved in ways that we consider to be unacceptable.… Go to Article

Stand against war in Ukraine

Interview with Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest, Martin Arnold, on war in Ukraine.

SPEAKERS

Martin Arnold (Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest),
Ian Curr (4PR – Voice of the People).

Ian Curr 

Can you please introduce yourself?

Martin Arnold 

Good day. I’m Martin Arnold.… Go to Article

Ukraine: ‘military, language, faith’

We post here an article written by a Ukrainian professor at the ANU, Marko Pavlyshyn, about the current crisis in his country. It was published originally in the AFR. I know very little about the Ukraine except that the terrible nuclear disaster at Chernobyl occurred in that country.

Firstly, I hope Putin’s ironic response to the British/US arming the Ukraine about another Cuban missile crisis do not result in more fallout for Cuba and Venezuela with even harsher blockades imposed by the US government.… Go to Article

You say you want a revolution

alma mater (literal in latin = a kind and nourishing mother) a school, college, or university at which one has studied and, usually, from which one has graduated.

University of Queensland St Lucia – Early Days

Courier Mail 16 Jan 1951

I first visited the University of Queensland in the 1950s with my father, Joe Curr.… Go to Article

If You Don’t Fight You Lose

Recently there was some discussion about the Right-to-March campaign in Queensland in 1977-79. I have dug up an old video made by the Media Committee of the Civil Liberties Co-ordinating Committee (CLCC) that traces the history of that campaign in its early months. The commentary on the video below is contemporaneous, any mistakes that were made belong to that time.… Go to Article

US Ambassador on her country’s blockade of Cuba

“Irony is the bringing together of contradictory truths, to make out with a contradiction, a new truth, with a laugh or a smile. And I confess that, a truth must come with one or the other, or I count it as false and a denial of the very nature of humanity itself (chuckles).”… Go to Article

Launch of ‘From-Australia-to-Cuba-with Love’ Campaign

Sue Monk and Lachlan Hurse (ACFS) organized an event on the first day of 2022 to launch ‘From Australia to Cuba with Love’. This is intended to challenge the blockade that is imposed by the United States on Cuba. It’s been there for over 60 years. On this podcast we’ll hear Sue Monk and Lachlan Hurse talking about the ‘From Australia to Cuba with Love‘ campaign.… Go to Article

Cost of Nuclear Subs

Kristin Perissinotto, the media officer from the Electrical Trades Union spoke about workers rights and conditions, the impact of war on climate, First Nations people, and refugees and people seeking asylum. Ms Perissinotto made a simple comparison of the cost of Nuclear Subs and that of women’s safety, refugees and creating jobs for workers.… Go to Article

Former Labor Minister at odds with his party over US alliance, nuclear subs

AUKUS and nuclear subs are an ‘election stunt’ – former Labor Minister, Rod Welford

Former Labor Attorney General and Environment Minister in Queensland told a crowd on International Human Rights day yesterday in Brisbane Square that the federal government purchase of nuclear submarines is ‘a stunt’.

“It is an election stunt.Go to Article

ACTU on vaccine mandates

Ever since the One Big Union (OBU) a century ago, unions have been involved in big issues confronting humanity and the environment. The Assistant Secretary at Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Liam O’Brien when asked on the Paradigm Shift about vaccine Mandates said this:

“… That’s not to say that individual employers can’t introduce vaccine requirements on staff.Go to Article

Light from the Heart of Darkness?

I remember when David McBride’s father William McBride was presented to the world as a hero for exposing the drug thalidomide. Both David and his father, William, are whistleblowers – David in The Afghan Files and William about the abnormalities produced in children by Thalidomide. David is charged with breaching The Defence Act for releasing ‘information to people that weren’t entitled to it, and it wasn’t his duty to do so.’Go to Article

Bogus claims in SOS video

There is a video circulating calling for help for first nations people in the Northern Territory where there is a lot of confusion about Covid-19. Aboriginal people are hesitant of vaccination. This because many first nations people have underlying medical conditions which increase the level of risk by Covid-19 and by some treatments for the disease.… Go to Article

Covid confusion – view from a wooden chair

Announcer: This is Ian from 4 PR – voice of the people and we’re presenting a speech given by a registered nurse over the weekend during the anti-vaccination demonstrations in Australia. It is interesting to listen to this speech, whilst it makes a number of very good points about the importance of a community response to the pandemic.… Go to Article

People in Parks

 People in Parks
 What a crazy idea!
 User pays,
 Buildings stay
 Businesses,
 Forty storeys
 Sound construction
 Quirky's right!
 Better concrete policed by tasers
 Than wind through leaves
 Better glass than grass.
 Silly me, more tunnels
 Than child swings
 Big trucks go-between bridges
 Grind down bicycle riders
 Moving goods, jobs and property
 Rates pay for parks
 Plovers in parks
 Sound their complaint
 At sundown
 Before sleeping rough
 In this unfinished place

Ian Curr
Sept 2014… Go to Article

University gave Joh doctorate after sacking SEQEB workers

In 1985 during the SEQEB dispute, 1005 workers were sacked by the Bjelke-Petersen government and replaced by fewer people on contracted labour. Over the intervening years successive governments have been forced to employ more workers because of the possibility of failure of the electricity grid as happened in Auckland in New Zealand under the manager who recommended that government sack the workers.… Go to Article